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Design Details: Freestanding Bathtubs

Oversized showers may be gaining steam, but if there’s room in the plan, a freestanding bathtub can still take center stage.

Design Details: Freestanding Bathtubs

Oversized showers may be gaining steam, but if there’s room in the plan, a freestanding bathtub can still take center stage.

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    Paul Bardagjy

    The aim was a spa-like feel throughout the bathroom, so the redo included walnut, teak, glass tile, and soft lighting. The tub itself is a rounded triangle that nestles into a corner formed by teak benches. Specially-built teak housing accommodates the tub’s custom-built faucet. Designer: Mark Cravotta Builder: David Wilkes Builders

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    Emily Followill

    This freestanding bathtub is in synch with this home’s English manor feeling, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about its modern functionality and green sensibility. Architect: Frank Neely, Frank G Neely Design Associates Builder: Mike Hammersmith

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    Greg Wilson

    The tub sits like an oversized teacup in the bathroom of this Florida home. Though the vibe and detailing are minimalist, there’s warmth as well. Architect: Jerry Sparkman, Totems Architecture Builder: Michael K. Walker

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    Adam Steiner

    Expanding the views yet creating privacy from the street was key for this entire remodel, bathroom included. The house has a 5,000-gallon rainwater collection system and a five-star rating from the Austin Energy Green Building program. Architect: Rodney Palmer, Cornerstone Group Architects; Builder: Chris Shaffer, Greenbelt Homes

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    James Salomon

    In a Maine seaside house built in the 1880’s that was once used as a Bed and Breakfast, a cast-iron and copper leaf tub maintains a Victorian feel. Architects: Anthony Barnes and William Wheeler, Barnes Vanze Architects; Builder: Mark Sweeney, Classical Endeavors

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    The sensual lines of this tub are right at home among the bathroom’s spa-style details and soothing surroundings, such as teak platform, heated floors, and visual quietude. Architects: Erla Ingjaldsdottir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Minarc; Builder: Lannen Construction

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    Robert McGee

    Set into a pedestal lined with Carrara marble tile, this Jacuzzi tub faces a fireplace and built-in cabinets with a TV; on the opposite wall are twin showers. Architect: Jimmy Jacobs; Builder: Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes

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    Denise Smith

    This 5,500-pound, solid granite tub was an eBay find that the homeowners fell in love with. A challenge? You bet. Floor boards were scribed two to three times to make sure they fit perfectly around the massive focal point. The lower third of the tub is below floor and wrapped in a radiant loop. Designer/Builder: Jarrett Kravitz, Advantage Contracting

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    Paul Finkel

    In this marble master bath, the round Jacuzzi-style tub has a view of the bamboo garden and a fireplace close at hand. Architect: Susan Jauregui; Builder: Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction

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    Adrian Gregorutti

    A bathroom measuring less than 100 square feet is transformed into a spa-like retreat that takes full advantage of the site’s Marin Headlands views. Architect: Jason Langkammerer, At-Six Architecture; Builder: Rafael Rodriquez, Raff’s Construction

Oversized showers may be gaining steam, but when it comes to a long soak in a tub, there’s just no substitute. If there’s enough space in the bathroom plan for a bathtub that’s freestanding, then the tub has a chance to become more than just a place to dissolve the day’s stress and muscle aches: It can be the centerpiece of the room, making a statement about luxury, serenity, or even quirky style, a design object that stands on its own. For some inspiration, check out these bathrooms featuring freestanding tubs.

Amy Albert is a senior editor at Builder.